NATCHEZ, MS NAMED AS ONE OF LIFE MAGAZINE’S “100 PLACES TO SEE IN YOUR LIFETIME,” IN THE NEW YORK TIMES’ BEST SELLER, 1000 PLACES TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE AND AAA’S SOUTHERN TRAVELER READERS CHOICE AWARD FOR “BEST SMALL CITY FOR A WEEKEND!”
Natchez, MS, July 13, 2012: Natchez, MS, the oldest and most historic Southern port city on the Mississippi river, has been selected as one of Life Magazine’s “100 Places to See in your Lifetime.” The world renowned magazine included Natchez in their 2011 publication which is the ultimate guide to the world’s greatest destinations. Among other sites chosen were the Great Beach at Cape Cod, Yosemite, the French Quarter, the Grand Canyon, Big Sur, Gettysburg, the Florida Keys, Hawaii’s Volcanoes, Yellowstone and Washington, D.C.
Gorgeous views, local charm and sites to see made all these sites worthy of New York Times Best Seller, 1000 Places to See Before You Die. A view of the Mississippi River and the American Queen steamboat at Natchez occupy page 47 of the magazine’s special edition on shelves now. The write-up on Natchez refers to the antebellum homes, the Natchez Indians and the Civil War.
Natchez was also recognized as the Best Small City for a Weekend by AAA Southern Traveler Magazine for the second year in a row!
“In a word, Natchez is the South. Nestled in the southwest corner of Mississippi and hugging the banks of the Mississippi River, Natchez embodies the stately architecture, easy charm and genuine hospitality that you’d associate with small Southern towns.
Among the attractions that make the town so compelling are its collection of elegant antebellum homes. Indeed, the town’s unceasing dedication to historic preservation has yielded more than 1,200 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places and six National Historic Landmarks. The popular Spring Pilgrimage affords visitors a chance to appreciate the historical mansions in their full splendor, decorated with spring blooms and attended by hoop-skirted belles.
During a weekend getaway, visitors can choose to stay in some of the historical homes that welcome guests to get a taste of antebellum life. But there are modern pursuits as well, including trendy shops, museums and restaurants that serve the best Southern food this side of the 19th century.”
–AAA Southern Traveler Magazine
“We are thrilled with the recognition from these prestigious publications,” said Marsha Colson, Director of Natchez Pilgrimage Tours. “It is such a remarkable way to start a new decade and we look forward to consistently outdoing ourselves.”
Natchez’s annual Fall Pilgrimage, September 27 – October 14, is just around the corner and is a prime time to discover the historic charms and natural beauty of Natchez, Mississippi. This year’s annual tour of 20 antebellum mansions includes Longwood, an opulent octagonal dream mansion
Look for “Characters in Costume” along the extensive tour of homes in which characters from the houses’ history are depicted in the first person. Evening entertainment includes Stone House Musicale—a 19th century intimate piano concert with renowned classical musician and native Natchezean Joseph Stone at his family home; Amos Polk’s Voices of Hope—a bountiful plantation dinner and a stirring gospel concert at The Carriage House Restaurant with Chef Bingo Starr; Sordid Lives—an uproarious and very bawdy comedy presented by The Natchez Little Theatre. For tickets, bed and breakfast reservations, and information on all things Natchez, please call Natchez Pilgrimage Tours at 800-647-6742 or visit: www.natchezpilgrimage.com.